Three Advantages Gained By Using the FS-400 Vertical Stainless Steel Float Switch

liquid storage tanks in a fieldEverybody is looking for an advantage. Business are constantly trying to get a leg up on their competitors on performance, quality, or reliability (or all three!). And it is often in the small things, the details, where these advantages can be won and lost. Float switches are, by nature, small things, but the right float switch can give you tremendous advantages. Take the FS-400 Stainless Steel Vertical Float Switch, for instance. Compared to other float switches, the FS-400 has several advantages. Let’s take a look at three.

Three Reasons the FS-410 Excels in Small Space Level Monitoring

Night lights at an oil refineryMany things in life come with trade-offs, often on a size-versus-functionality continuum. At one end, extreme size dictates reduced functionality; similarly, optimum functionality necessitates specific sizes. This works for vehicles—maximizing for speed or cargo requires size constraints—and it is often the case in level monitoring. However, level monitoring in tight spaces doesn’t have to mean sacrificing quality. The new Series FS-410 Miniature Stainless Steel Vertical Float Switch is made to provide big performance in small spaces.

APG Introduces the new Series FS-400 and FS-410 Stainless Steel Vertical Float Switches

APG's New Series FS-400 and FS-410 Stainless Steel Vertical Float Switches

LOGAN, UT – Automation Products Group, Inc. (APG) introduces two new float switches, the Series FS-400 Stainless Steel Vertical Float Switch, and the Series FS-410 Miniature Stainless Steel Vertical Float Switch.

The Series FS-400 and FS-410 are versatile switches, compatible with a wide range of liquids, temperatures, and pressures. They feature all stainless steel wetted materials, user-reversible logic function, and high operating temperature ranges. With max capacities of 60 W and 30 W respectively, the FS-400 and FS-410 can both handle up to 120 VDC or 240 VAC. Installation is simple with NPT mounting and a hex nut. The Series FS-400 Stainless Steel Vertical Float Switch and Series FS-410 Miniature Stainless Steel Vertical Float Switch offer set-and-forget ease of use in all the places you need them.

The Best Preventative Maintenance For Your Water Tank Float Switch

The best maintenance for mission-critical equipment is preventative maintenance. You know what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, and there’s no emergency scrambling. The necessary system downtime pays for itself in on-going system reliability.

But hands down, the best preventative maintenance isn’t done during scheduled down time, or any time after installation. It’s done when you buy your equipment.

Float Switch Installation Wiring And Control Diagrams

control wiringHow do I install and wire my float switch? Where can I find a float switch circuit diagram? Where can I find a float switch wiring diagram? You asked, and today, we answer.

Wiring a float switch isn’t necessarily hard, but it can be a little confusing if you don’t have a visual aid or two. Remember that what you’re wiring is a means of turning things on and off. Thinking carefully about when you want something off, and when it should turn on, will help you as you visualize the wiring and apply the schematic to real world control.

We’re going to look at a progression of straightforward pump control arrangements using float switches. We’ll look at single and double switch arrangements and how to wire them, and then look at equivalent circuits using Kari series float switches.

I Say Duplex, You Say Tandem, Let’s Call The Whole Thing Pumped!

pipes and pumps at a pump stationIf you ask the internet about duplex pumps (What are they? How do they work? Why would or should you use them?), you will get a variety of answers.

Some sound like they are talking about two pumps, usually with a shared source, that may or may not work together. Others sound more like two offset pumping mechanisms in one mechanical unit. That’s two very different concepts to be linked by one name.

So which is it? Are they interchangeable? Does it matter? Let’s take a look.

The Easiest Way To Setup & Install Cable Suspended Float Switches

kari float switch miniature modelControlling pumps with your standard cable suspended float switch is honestly a pain in the neck. You’ll need at least two of them to get the job done, with a controller that handles all the logic. You have to tie them to some conduit to keep them from getting tangled. And the failure rate isn’t that great either.

Most maintenance technicians expect them to fail two or three years into service.

That’s why the Kari float switch is so awesome. It can have up to four switch points in a single float, built-in hysteresis to handle the logic, and doesn’t need to be secured to conduit since you usually only need one.

And they last a very long time. Some have been in service for over 20 years.

Choosing The Right Kari Float Switch

underwater view of new kari float switchKari float switches are the most innovative cable suspended float switches on the market, and they were invented back in 1965! And that’s more than just a sales pitch. The floats can contain up to four mechanical switches with over 20 different control and alarm configurations.

So with all these switch combinations and control configurations, the only hard part about buying one is the selection process. Hence, this helpful article all about choosing the right Kari to make all your wildest dreams come true – at least the float switch related ones.

Almost More Than You Want To Know About Wiring Float Switches

normally open/normally closed float switchAs simple as a float switch is, it still seems daunting to wire one. Visualization is key to making the right connections. If you can’t map out the schematic in your head, wiring without a little help can be challenging.

Luckily, it’s easier than you think. With a wire guide from the manufacturer and a few helpful visual aids from us, you’ll be all set to rock your next float switch installation – no matter where it’s going.

We’ll cover how to wire a basic on-off float switch, how to wire a few of them, and how to wire one switch with multiple switch points.

How Magnetic Fields Work On A Liquid Level Switch

Magnetic liquid level switches rely on reed switches and magnetic fields to operateMany liquid level switches work with magnetic fields that are used to open and close switch points. It’s a clever, yet simple, type of sensor that has been a staple in level measurement for a long time now.

But how does it really work? How are magnetic fields harnessed as the working principle in many liquid level switches? We’ll explore how magnetic fields behave and how this behavior is controlled to operate a switch point....